Money, not talk needed to stem flood waters
'WE need funding, not just talk or more reports,' Cllr Frank Godfrey commented as members of Louth County Council discussed the provision of funding for flood prevention at their annual estimates meeting.
In her report, Director of Service Joan Martin informed councillors that 'apart from hoping for funding for the list of projects already submitted to the Department, we will be progressing the major Flood Study of Greater Dundalk during 2010.
'It has been indicated that funding for individual projects identified during the course of the study may be advanced before the study itself is actually completed.'
Cllr Terry Brennan complimented the council on the work which had been carried out at the embankment at Bellurgan.
He said that while this was not 'a full job' it had alleviated the fears of people who live there for the time being.
Cllr Oliver Tully welcomed the fact that further funding had been provided for Baltray but warned that major works needed to be carried out to prevent a reoccurance of the flooding which happened in 2002.
Coastal erosion was 'an enormous problem' at Clogherhead and Annagassan, said Cllr Godfrey, calling for funding not talk or reports.
The repairs which had been carried out at the embankment at Bellurgan had avoided 'a potential disaster'. However, he was concerned that unless an eye was kept on the embankment there was the potential for flooding of houses at the Marsh Road.
Cllr Frank Maher welcomed the fact that a flood study was being carried out for the Greater Dundalk area but wondered when would one be done for Drogheda as they were alway aware of the flood danger in the town.
The Study was also welcomed by Cllr Mark Dearey who said that funding will become available from Europe in the coming years.